Phuket City

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Coordinates: 7°53′17″N 98°23′51″E / 7.88806°N 98.39750°E / 7.88806; 98.39750

City Municipality
Phuket Municipality
Phuket City.jpg
Country  Thailand
Province Phuket Province
 • Mayor Somjai Suwansupana
 • City Municipality 12 km2 (5 sq mi)
 • Metro 224 km2 (86 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • City Municipality 75,573
 • Density 6,300/km2 (16,000/sq mi)
 • Metro 230,000
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)

Phuket City (/pˈkɛt/ poo-KET; Thai: ภูเก็ต, pronounced [pʰūː.kèt]) is a city in south-east Phuket Island, Thailand. It is the capital of Phuket Province. As of 2007 the city had a population of 75,573. It covers the subdistricts (tambon) Talat Yai (Thai: ตลาดใหญ่) and Talat Nuea (Thai: ตลาดเหนือ) of Mueang Phuket district.

Phuket is 862 km south of Bangkok.[1]


Phuket Square

Phuket is one of the oldest cities in Thailand. The town was important port on the west of the Malay Peninsula where Chinese immigrants first landed.

The old buildings in Phuket town indicate its former prosperity. They were constructed when tin mining was an imporant on the island. The architectural style, called "Sino-Portuguese", is European mixed with Chinese modern. Characteristic is a single or two-storey building with a narrow front compensated for by considerable depth. The tiles, doors, perforated windows and other details are all influenced by Chinese and European styles mixed together.[2]

On 13 February 2004 the town was elevated to city status (thesaban nakhon, Thai: เทศบาลนคร).


The major religion is Buddhism. The Buddhist temples in the city are attractive destinations for national and international tourists. Along the streets some Hindu temples depicting the statues of Lord Ganesha and Lord Brahma can also be seen.


Phuket International Airport

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  1. ^ "Phuket". Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Chino-Portugal Architecture Building". Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Phuket and Penang become twin cities". Phuket Gazette. 2014-09-18. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 

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